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Lower School

Curriculum

Kindergarten 4

Bible

Beginning with the story of creation, K4 students will study stories from the Old and New Testament, discovering our need for a Savior and celebrating His coming, His loving sacrifice and victory over death. Students will ponder questions such as: why God gave us rules, how to defend ourselves from the enemy’s lies, and how to be a light for Jesus. Students will learn the importance of hiding God’s Word in their hearts and will begin studying specific verses and memorizing Scripture to song.  Lessons come from The Jesus Storybook Bible and ACSI’s Purposeful Design Bible curriculum for preschoolers.

Math

The math curriculum builds and strengthens fundamental math skills. Students learn number identification, practice one-to-one correspondence, continue and create patterns, and practice counting daily. Students practice number order and counting to 100 by 1’s, 5’s, and 10’s and begin to apply those skills in counting money. The math curriculum is taken from A Beka Publishing.

Reading/Phonics

K4 lays a solid foundation for future reading through a phonics-based curriculum. Students work on print awareness and letter formation. Letter sounds are reinforced daily through instructional time and practice. Students leave K4 with the foundational reading skills to succeed in the elementary years. The phonics curriculum is taken from A Beka Publishing.

Science

Students will study and conduct a variety of science experiments and activities throughout the year, practicing scientific process and as a means to explore God’s world. Students will study topics including the body and the five senses, weather, space, animals and seasons.

Social Studies

In addition to learning about community helpers, South Carolina, the United States  and our world, students will study and practice how to be a light in those realms and how to pray for our community, country, and world.

Kindergarten 5

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*Applicant must be 5 Years of age on or before September 1st

Bible

The Bible curriculum discusses the people of the Bible and how their experiences show God’s sovereignty and goodness in our lives. An introduction to missions is emphasized through Bible and a Social Studies unit on cultural awareness. Scripture memory and character training build the positive character traits of obedience, patience, responsibility, self-control, tenderheartedness, and diligence. Lessons are taken from the ACSI Purposeful Design K5 Bible curriculum.

Math

The math curriculum uses a variety of concrete manipulatives to promote mathematical thinking. Reinforcement of number families, counting and patterns is practiced daily. The concepts of positional words, number patterns, counting to 100s by 1s, 2s, 5s, & 10s and number families are taught. The foundation for place values, patterns, money and telling time is also laid in K5.The math curriculum is taken from A Beka Publishing.

Reading/Phonics

Kindergarten lays a solid foundation for future reading through a phonics-based curriculum. Students work on print awareness and letter formation. Letter sounds are reinforced daily through instructional time and practice. Students leave K5 with the foundational reading skills to succeed in the elementary years. The phonics curriculum is taken from A Beka Publishing.

Language Arts

Basic language arts concepts are introduced reinforcing the phonics foundation laid throughout the year. Confidence and excitement for writing and sentence structure is encouraged through poetry, journal writing and daily work. The language arts curriculum is taken from A Beka Publishing.

Science

A weekly science unit alternates with the social studies and helps build a love for learning through fascinating topics including: weather, seasons, animals and ocean studies. The science curriculum is taken from A Beka Publishing.

Social Studies

A weekly social studies unit alternates with the science unit and helps build a love for learning through engaging topics including: community helpers, children around the world and an introduction to America. The curriculum is taken from A Beka Publishing.

1st Grade

Bible

Our Bible curriculum is based on a chronological study of parts of the Old and New Testaments. Principles of living and doctrinal points are emphasized with each Bible story so that the students are taught more than just facts. Bible Curriculum is taken from ACSI’s Purposeful Design Bible curriculum for first grade.  In addition, a Precept Ministries’ inductive Bible study for children about creation is taught.

Math

The main areas of our math curriculum are mastery of addition and subtraction facts up to and including the number "13", measurement, fractions, time and money and problem solving. Math Curriculum is taken from theA Beka Book Traditional Math Book Series.

Reading

Building upon the strong foundation of the Kindergarten program, the goal in First Grade is for each child to become an independent reader - one who reads joyfully whether for pleasure or specific information. The reading curriculum includes intensive phonics instruction, vocabulary building, and comprehension skills. In addition to "A Handbook for Reading", our lessons use several supplementary readers and quality children's literature, which follow the progression of the phonics concepts introduced. Reading Curriculum is taken from the A Beka Book Reading Program.

Language

Through the use of our curriculum, students will begin to learn about the structure of the English language - the basic parts of speech, capitalization, punctuation, types of sentences, sentence structure, sentence building, daily sentences for proofreading practice, and creative writing.  Language skills are built using lessons from the A Beka language arts curriculum and the Institute for Excellence in Writing’s primary program.

Spelling

Students are expected to learn weekly spelling lists to encourage the understanding of short and long vowel patterns. They will also begin to grow in writing fluency with the use of short word lists in sentences. Spelling curriculum is taken from the A Beka Spelling/Poetry Series.

Penmanship

Developing proper penmanship habits, such as slant, posture, letter formation, and spacing will be practiced. Penmanship curriculum is taken from A Beka.

Creative Writing

The students are introduced to basic writing principles through the study of poetry from the IEW curriculum.

Science

The Science curriculum includes discovering animals, plants, insects, seasons, and simple machines. Science Curriculum is taken from the A Beka Science Series.

History

The theme of the first grade history study is "My America and My World". It includes units about the important symbols of our country, its history and places of interest. The students also complete a Geography unit to begin mastering map skills and basic world geography using the Scholastic Map Skills for Today curriculum. History curriculum is taken from the A Beka Series.

2nd Grade

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Bible

The second grade Bible curriculum teaches Biblical principles through Bible heroes, with the goal that every child will develop a servant’s heart as they read the Bible and learn to live out the Word of God. The Doctrines of the Bible, God, Man, Salvation, Church, Angels and Satan and End Times are taught as they correlate with a particular lesson. It also includes Bible memory verses, hymns, skills and background information that relate to daily lessons. Bible curriculum includes ACSI’s Purposeful Design Bible for grade 2. A Precept Ministries’ inductive Bible study for children on the book of James is taught during the second semester.

Math

The Math curriculum at the second grade level includes counting beyond 10,000, place value to the hundred thousand, rounding to 100, memorization of the addition and subtraction families through 18, problem solving, finding perimeter, critical thinking skills, money, Roman numerals, graphs, telling time to the minute, calendars, fractions, mixed numbers, metric and standard units of measurements, memorization of the 2 through 5 multiplication and division tables. Continual practice is required after each skill is learned so that mastery of each skill is accomplished. Math curriculum is taken from the A Beka Book Math Series.

Language Arts

The Reading program in second grade builds skills through informational reading and classic literature read in the classroom. The goal in second grade is independent reading and includes quarterly book reports. A phonics review is given during the first 20 weeks of second grade to reinforce those skills developed in first grade and kindergarten. Work in English includes practicing writing descriptive sentences and learning to write coherent, well-structured paragraphs. The parts of speech, types of sentences, punctuation and the correct use of capital letters are taught through songs and repetition. The Spelling program in second grade is taught phonetically so the students recognize basic spelling patterns. Our Language Arts curriculum is taken from the A Beka Book Series and IEW.

Science

Science is taught the first semester in second grade. The goal is to capture the second grader's attention and enthusiasm as God's world is studied. Topics include insects, plants, simple machines, weather, the solar system, and proper care of the awesome body God created for each child. Science curriculum is taken from A Beka Book Science Series.

History & Geography

History and Geography are taught second semester in second grade. The goal for this course of study is to learn about our country. Topics include our country's flag, holidays, and patriotic songs. Students study about Native Americans, colonists, pioneers, cowboys and immigrants and how they helped make America the country it has become.  The history curriculum is taken from A Beka Book Series. Geography is taken from the Scholastic map skills program.

3rd Grade

Bible

Our curriculum teaches third graders that the Bible is the word of God and encourages Christ-likeness in students. Biblical events are connected to historical events. Third graders do a special mission project at Christmas. Bible curriculum is taken from ACSI’s Purposeful Design Bible curriculum and Precept Ministries, inductive Bible studies for children

Math

Third Grade math topics include multiplication, division, metric measures, telling time, Roman numerals 1-1,000, solving simple algebraic equations, working with fractions, reading a thermometer and solving story problems with up to four steps. Math curriculum is taken from A Beka 3.

Language

Through creative jingles, students become familiar with the eight parts of speech. Some other skills covered are creative writing, sentence structure, correct use of punctuation, and capitalization rules. Language curriculum is taken from the Shurley Method.  Students will also participate in the Institute for Excellence in Writing program.

Spelling/Vocabulary

The spelling/vocabulary program for third grade uses words aiming to increase vocabulary skills by rigorous study of parts of speech, definitions in context, synonyms and antonyms. Spelling and Vocabulary curriculum is taken from Sadlier-Oxford's Vocabulary 3 program.

Science

The purpose of Third Grade Science is to stimulate students' natural curiosity by helping them describe what God has created. Through studies of classification of animals, the solar system, skin, photosynthesis, sound, weather, rocks and minerals, motion, and food chains, students will increase their knowledge of the world God made. Students will participate in hands-on activities and projects. Science curriculum is taken from Bob Jones University Press.

Reading

Reading for Christian Schools emphasizes comprehension and develops phonics systematically. A variety of selections provide the student with both pleasure and understanding. Novels read in third grade are read in conjunction with our South Carolina History. Our reading curriculum includes a strong emphasis on Reading Comprehension and Reading and Thinking Skills. Book reports are assigned every 9 weeks and include several different categories of books with an activity project. Reading curriculum is taken from Bob Jones University Press’s Reading for Christian Schools 3 book.

Social Studies

The theme of the third grade history study is South Carolina. It surveys South Carolina history with a Christian perspective through the stories of people from South Carolina. The emphasis is on patriotism, character development, and the variety of contributions made by many to this state. Social Studies curriculum is taken from many collected sources. Geography of the state is taught along with support from Scholastic’s map skills program.

Penmanship

The four keys to legibility are taught and reviewed throughout the program. Through these keys to legibility, students apply what they have learned in special handwriting activities that strengthen each student’s cursive writing. Penmanship curriculum is taken from A Beka.

4th Grade

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Bible

Students in fourth grade extend their studies in Bible to focus on these doctrines: God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Bible, salvation, heaven, angels, hell, and final events. They further learn how to use Bible study tools - concordance, Bible maps and atlases, and timelines. There is also a strong emphasis on Bible memory and practical application. The curriculum used is ACSI’s Purposeful Design Bible for 4th graders. Students will also have the opportunity to truly dig into God's word through our Precept study on the book of Esther.

Math

Students will begin with a review of the four basic operations - addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division - for speed and accuracy. They extend their knowledge by learning multi-digit multiplication and long division. Other units of study are fractions and decimals, measurement, time and money. Readiness in algebra and geometry is emphasized as well as problem solving and mental math. The math curriculum used is from A Beka.

Language

Fourth graders will review all of the eight parts of speech for correct usage, punctuation and capitalization rules, and letter writing. With the goal of efficient paragraph writing (narrative, expository, descriptive, persuasive), students will have constant practice in correct sentence structure through the Shurley Method of English.  Students will also participate in the Institute for Excellence in Writing program with the emphasis in Ancient History.

Spelling

The spelling program for fourth graders focuses on vocabulary. Students learn to use words correctly in spoken and written language and learn spelling rules that will enable them to spell more words. They spell and use the words by looking at context and correct forms of the root. The spelling curriculum is from Vocabulary Workshop by Sadlier Oxford.

Science

Students will explore God’s wonderful creation through a study of ecosystems, insects, plants, force and machines, electricity and magnetism, light, the moon, water and oceans, weathering and erosion, natural resources, digestion, and bones and muscles. The students also develop science process skills by participating in hands-on activities and projects. Science curriculum comes from Bob Jones University Press.

Reading

Reading comprehension skills (literal, interpretive, creative, and critical) will be taught through the study of classical novels.  Vocabulary building will also be emphasized through the use of these novels. Book reports with combined activity projects are assigned throughout the year to encourage fourth graders to expand their love for a wide variety of books. Genres of books explored include biographies about missionaries, nonfiction, and historical fiction.

Social Studies/History

Fourth graders will cover the first 5000 years of civilization. Students will be taken on a journey from the Fertile Crescent to the barbarian’s invasion of Rome.  Ancient Times includes the First Nomads, Egypt, the Jewish People, Abraham and Joseph, Hammurabi and the Babylonians, the Assyrians, Ancient China, Ancient Africa, Exodus, the Phoenicians, the Greeks, and Rome. Social Studies will come from "Story of the World" by Susan Wise Bauer, The Mystery of History, and Veritas Press.  Geography will also come from Steck-Vaughn.

5th Grade

Bible

Students in fifth grade extend their studies in Bible to focus on these doctrines: God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Bible, salvation, heaven, angels, hell, and final events. They further learn how to use Bible study tools - concordance, Bible maps and atlases, and timelines. There is also a strong emphasis on Bible memory and practical application. Students will also have the opportunity to truly dig into God's word through our Precept studies on God’s Covenant, the names of God, and how to study God’s Word.

Math

The teach/reteach approach and abundant practice problems reinforces mastery of skills and concepts. Frequent story problems and problem-solving strategies make arithmetic practical. Emphasis is given to problem solving, working with percent, basic geometry, measures, fractions, decimals, beginning Algebra, prime and composite numbers, graphs and statistics. Math curriculum is taken from A Beka 5.

Language

Fifth graders will focus on mastering the eight parts of speech for correct usage, punctuation and capitalization rules, and correct sentence structure. All of this will be reinforced through creative and expository writing. Each student will write a teacher-directed research paper focused on the Middle Ages. Language curriculum is taken from Shurley Instructional Method and the Institute for Excellence in Writing.

Spelling/Vocabulary

Vocabulary instruction focuses on preparing students with strategies to unlock the meaning of words they will encounter in content area of texts, literature, and high stakes tests. Curriculum is taken from Sadlier-Oxford’s Vocabulary Workshop program.

Science

Fifth-Grade Science presents how humans use God’s creation and design. A solid foundation in all areas of Science; firmly anchored to Scriptural truth, is presented to fifth graders. Reinforcement is provided by participating in hands-on activities and projects. Science curriculum is taken from Science 5, Bob Jones University Press.

Reading

The novels studied throughout the year are closely aligned with the history curriculum. Informal and formal book reports with combined activity projects are assigned throughout the year to encourage fifth graders to expand their love for a wide variety of books.

Social Studies/History

Fifth graders will study medieval world history.  The Middle Ages will cover from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of the Renaissance. Students will learn about the Byzantine Empire, the Viking Invasions, the Ottoman Empire, Martin Luther, and much more. Curriculum is taken from Story of the World, The Mystery of History, and Veritas Press. The geography curriculum is Steck-Vaughn.

Study Buddies

The Fifth graders participate in our Study Buddies Program where students read various books to our first grade students. This builds community and relationships with younger grades as well as providing a leadership opportunity for the older students.

Art

"The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps." Proverbs 16:9

It is the purpose of the Art Curriculum to help students discover the ways the Creator's image is reflected in His Creation. Though "all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23), man still retains God-given abilities to create new images and forms. Concentrated studies in art history and culture are aimed at teaching students how man has used this creativeness to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ through whom "all things were made and without Him nothing was made that was made" (John 1:3). Projects are aimed at guiding students in the discovery of their
God-given talents and on improving their skills to appreciate art and express themselves artistically as it pleases God.

The goals of instruction are as follows:

• to help students appreciate the beauty and design in God's world
• to help students appreciate the manner in which different people groups express their cultures and viewpoints  through the visual arts, both past and present
• to encourage students to build new concepts and images upon the foundations of the past and the elements of art
• to develop students' emerging God-given abilities to express their thoughts and feelings in a variety of formats and media
• to influence students to employ their talents and abilities to honor and glorify the Lord Jesus Christ

Some or all of the classes will work with pastel chalk, oil pastels, watercolors, tempera and clay. There is a wide use of colored markers, crayons and colored pencils. Each student will experiment with various artistic techniques, including drawing, painting, color theory, printmaking, and crafts. The various art projects that the students pursue are grounded in the classical elements of art and the milestone works of art history, thus giving each student a basic understanding of art while at the same time allowing as much "hands-on" time as possible. Also, the art projects are age and grade adjusted to appropriately fit the various classes.
Each spring, Northside Christian Academy holds its own Art Festival where each Kindergarten through Fifth Grade student will have the opportunity to submit artwork.

Music

“Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.  Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings.  Sing unto him a new song; play skillfully with a loud noise.  For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth.” Psalm 33:1-4 

Rejoice, praise, sing, play skillfully.  That’s exactly what we intend to do with this wonderful gift of music at Northside Christian Academy.  Our goal is not only to foster a love for music and the worship of our God through it, but to foster musical skills through active music making so that each student can achieve his or her musical potential.  Music touches every part of our lives, and often transcends words in its expression.  It is a powerful tool that can and should be used for the kingdom of God. 

As we explore various facets of music, we will be enriched through an environment of varied tonalities, meters, and styles.  We will actively make music, rather than just talking about it, and we will seek out opportunities to bless our surrounding community with music as we are led by the Holy Spirit of God. 

“I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to God while I have my being.  My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.” Psalm 104:33-34 

“And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.” Psalm 40:3

“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:18-20

Physical Education

"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body."  I Corinthians 6:19-20

Northside Christian Academy's Physical Education Program was developed to help students recognize their abilities, and develop the skills given to them by God. Northside Christian Academy students are encouraged to learn new skills and work with their classmates to achieve their goals. Each student is encouraged to develop good sportsmanship skills, Christ-like attitudes, and problem solving through individual and team participation. All sports activities are designed to motivate students to enjoy a lifetime of health and fitness.